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MAPTalk-Digest Tuesday, December 30 2008 Volume 08 : Number 096

001 Re: DPFOR:Change.gov questions
    From: Allan Erickson <>
002 goodChange.gov question IMHO
    From: Richard Lake <>
003 'It's A War'
    From: Richard Lake <>
004 Journey from drug addiction to recovery
    From: "Herb" <>
005 why not? - What does this inauguration mean to you?
    From: Allan Erickson <>
006 Ask Obama A Question
    From: R Givens <>
007change.gov questions
    From: Allan Erickson <>


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Subj: 001 Re: DPFOR:Change.gov questions
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:21:14 -0800

on the left side are the topics, these questions are in "Additional 
Issues"

Feels kind of similar to the marginalization that Kerry's website 
pulled on our efforts 4 years ago when we kept pot and the WOD at the 
top of all issues... but we must (to quote Chief Dan George) "endeavor 
to persevere"

ae
http://morningdonut.blogspot.com/
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On Dec 29, 2008, at 6:15 PM,  wrote:

> where did you find this? i followed the link
>
> i am not finding the whole list, only lists of categories (economy 
> etc) it is the #1 question there
> where do you find the whole list?
> thanks
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Allan Erickson <>
> To: Dpfor OR <>; MAP talk <>
> Sent: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 6:05 pm
> Subject: DPFOR:Change.gov questions
>
> register (its easy!) and vote: http://change.gov/openforquestions.
>
> Currently in the top 20:
>
> 3)  - 1883 votes - "The Drug War has been an incredibly expensive
> failure since it's inception. Meanwhile, millions of our citizens have
> been incarcerated for using drugs. I think we need to end this folly.
> What do you think, Mr. President?"
>
> 5)  - 1765 votes - "The people of this country want marijuana
> decriminalization, when will marijuana be decriminalized? Why continue
> to spend billions of dollars to prohibit marijuana when evidence shows
> that the war on drugs is, as you said, "an utter failure"?"
>
> 7)  - 1473 votes - "Why do you believe that marijuana should not be
> legalized? How is the prohibition of Marijuana any different than the
> prohibition of alcohol? 100,000 Americans die every year due to alcohol
> but none to Marijuana"
>
> 12)   - 878 votes - "Will you consider legalizing
> cannabis/marijuana/hemp so that the government can regulate it, tax it,
> put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a
> multi-billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?"
>
> 15)  - 736 votes - "Will the Obama administration relax the federal
> rules concerning serious, scientific research into medicinal uses for
> marijuana and any associated long-term effects? How?"
>
> 16)  - 724 votes - "Mr. Obama, please stand by your statement regarding
> not prosecuting medical marijuana patients in states that already have
> laws in place. Instruct the DEA to focus on meth problems, and illegal
> possession of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin."
>
> 18)  - 716 votes - ""How can you morally justify the prohibition of
> marijuana? It is our choice what we put in our bodies and the fact that
> the government thinks it can control these choices is an insult not
> only to marijuana smokers, but to anyone who values freedom.""
>
> 19)  - 631 votes - "The 'War on Drugs' is ineffective-billions of
> dollars are put into the criminalization of people using/selling a drug
> has positive side effects. Legalization of marijuana could bring our
> nation out of it's economic crisis with proper taxing and laws."
>
> 20)  - 633 votes - "Is the legalization and taxation of marijuana being
> considered as an option for reducing the astronomical deficit?"
>
> ae
> http://morningdonut.blogspot.com/
> ---
>

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Subj: 002 goodChange.gov question IMHO
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:11:03 -0800

Russ Belville wrote the below question which I like because it does 
not ask Obama to support something that our congresscritters would 
not vote for anyway and pass.

The idea of a commission gives those federal critters cover to 
support the answers of the commission.

Richard

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I fixed the wording a bit on my new question to Obama'sChange.gov.  The
idea was to put "marijuana", "cannabis", and "decriminalization" in there to
increase search hits.  It puts Obama in the position of not being as
progressive as Nixon if he refuses or obfuscates.  It makes the question
"won't you at least study it?" which is politically less dangerous.  It
hints at his commitment to science.  And we all know what a new Shaffer
Commission would recommend.

Vote it up http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229/ ,
don't cost nuttin'! -- "R"R

"In 1972, Pres. Nixon formed a commission of scientists to issue an unbiased
study regarding marijuana policy. It recommended decriminalization. After 36
years of research and 13 med-mj states, would you form a new commission to
study cannabis policy?"

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Subj: 003 'It's A War'
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:21:02 -0800

'IT'S A WAR'

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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #390 - Monday, 29 December 2008

'It's A War' - Mexican President Felipe Calderon

6,847 - Mexico's estimated Drug War related deaths since January 2007 
- - more than the U.S. fatalities in the Iraq war.

The Mexican government has deployed about 45,000 soldiers and 5,000 
federal police to 18 states to fight its Drug War.

Since June the Los Angeles Times has been printing an outstanding 
series under the series title 'Mexico Under Siege' - 61 articles to date.

You may read the entire series and future articles as they are added 
here http://mapinc.org/find?255

Will Mexico win it's Drug War?  The series may cause you to doubt.

There is a solution, perhaps the only solution, to end the death and 
destruction caused by our current failed policies - legalization!

DrugSense thanks you all, our friends and supporters, for all you 
have done to support the effort in this past year.

Because the economy, and the stock market, has hit some major 
DrugSense funders hard we know that some will decrease funding during 
2009. Thus DrugSense asks for your financial support to help us keep 
doing what we do during the next year.

Please visit http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm

Thank You

**********************************************************************

Prepared by: Richard Lake, Senior Editor     www.mapinc.org 

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Subj: 004 Journey from drug addiction to recovery
From: "Herb" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:29:15 -0800

Journey from drug addiction to recovery

http://newmexicoindependent.com/13219/nmi-qa-a-journey-from-drug-addic 

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Subj: 005 why not? - What does this inauguration mean to you?
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:09:54 -0800

an essay contest, no word limit. Topic:

What does this inauguration mean to you?

10 winners each get to take a guest, plane tix to DC plus 2 nites in a 
hotel.

https://donate.pic2009.org/page/contribute/tickettohistory

it is a fundraiser (to pay for the inauguration) but (supposedly) 
donations  are not required.

Another opportunity to inject our message...

ae
http://morningdonut.blogspot.com/
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Subj: 006 Ask Obama A Question
From: R Givens <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:18:54 -0800

Go to 
<http://change.gov/page/m2/3855d469/6855cd58/2bccd98f/5e6bcaf8/76158887 
sign up and do a search for "marijuana" and vote the marijuana issue 
up to the top.

Here's my question.

"If Obama wants to keep marijuana illegal for adult use, we'd like to 
know the exact scientific reasons for the ban. Why should people go 
to prison for a victimless "marijuana crime?"

Explaining why marijuana use etc should be a criminal offense is the 
most dangerous question a drug crusader faces.
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Attachment: http://mapinc.org/temp/62HTlbwSKwIe_.html

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Subj: 007change.gov questions
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:04:25 -0800

in Add'l Issues (11 of 20):

1) "The people of this country want marijuana decriminalization, when 
will marijuana be decriminalized? Why continue to spend billions of 
dollars to prohibit marijuana when evidence shows that the war on drugs 
is, as you said, "an utter failure"?"

2) "Why do you believe that marijuana should not be legalized? How is 
the prohibition of Marijuana any different than the prohibition of 
alcohol? 100,000 Americans die every year due to alcohol but none to 
Marijuana"

3) "The Drug War has been an incredibly expensive failure since it's 
inception. Meanwhile, millions of our citizens have been incarcerated 
for using drugs. I think we need to end this folly. What do you think, 
Mr. President?"

7) "Will you consider legalizing cannabis/marijuana/hemp so that the 
government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create 
millions of new jobs and create a multi-billion dollar industry right 
here in the U.S.?"

8) "Mr. Obama, please stand by your statement regarding not prosecuting 
medical marijuana patients in states that already have laws in place. 
Instruct the DEA to focus on meth problems, and illegal possession of 
prescription drugs such as Oxycontin."

12) "When can we change direction on the failed war on drugs. Marijuana 
laws are more harmful to people and families than the drug itself."

13) "Will the Obama administration relax the federal rules concerning 
serious, scientific research into medicinal uses for marijuana and any 
associated long-term effects? How?"

14) "Is the legalization and taxation of marijuana being considered as 
an option for reducing the astronomical deficit?"

15) "The 'War on Drugs' is ineffective-billions of dollars are put into 
the criminalization of people using/selling a drug has positive side 
effects. Legalization of marijuana could bring our nation out of it's 
economic crisis with proper taxing and laws."

16) ""How can you morally justify the prohibition of marijuana? It is 
our choice what we put in our bodies and the fact that the government 
thinks it can control these choices is an insult not only to marijuana 
smokers, but to anyone who values freedom.""

18) "The last time that Open For Questions was open, the number one 
question, whether you will consider the legalization of marijuana, was 
answered with the shortest sentence of them all. Will you elaborate on 
your previous answer to please the majority?"

In Nat'l Security (3 of 10):

2) "Our current war on drugs is failing America. Billions of dollars 
are spent on a losing campaign. Our prisons are overflowing with people 
that don't deserve to be there. What is the government going to do in 
an effort to fix this major problem?"

4) "When will the US end the failed Drug War?"

5) "Will the US legalize marijuana to bankrupt drug cartels in Mexico, 
help Mexico fight them and diminish drug distribution in the US by 
gangs? Marijuana as taxable commodity could support programs for drug 
users to quit and to fight harder drug traffic"

ae
http://morningdonut.blogspot.com/
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